Jessica Abel

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Cartoonist and writer Jessica Abel is the author of the graphic novel La Perdida (Pantheon Books) as well as two textbooks about making comics, Drawing Words & Writing Pictures and Mastering Comics (First Second Books), written in collaboration with her husband, the cartoonist Matt Madden. She's also the co-writer of the graphic novel Life Sucks.
Previously, she published Soundtrack and Mirror, Window (Fantagraphics Books), two collections of stories and drawings from her omnibus comic book Artbabe, published between 1992 and 1999. She collaborated with Ira Glass on Radio: An Illustrated Guide, a non-fiction comic about how the radio show This American Life is made. Abel won the Xeric Grant in 1995, and both the Harvey and Lulu awards f
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La Perdida

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Radio: An Illustrated Guide

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Mastering Comics: Drawing W...

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Soundtrack: Short Stories '...

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Mirror, Window: Artbabe Coll.

3.36 avg rating — 135 ratings — published 1996 — 3 editions
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“I sit in front of the notebook and feel like it’s just too late for me. And that this book isn’t working, nothing’s working, everything feels like it’s made of spiders.”
Jessica Abel, Growing Gills: How to Find Creative Focus When You’re Drowning in Your Daily Life

“I sit in front of the notebook and feel like it’s just too late for me. And that this book isn’t working, nothing’s working, everything feels like it’s made of spiders.” Those”
Jessica Abel, Growing Gills: How to Find Creative Focus When You’re Drowning in Your Daily Life

“The decision to carve out time and attention to make your work is a breathtaking act of ego. You’re saying, “I don’t care what everyone else thinks I should be doing with my time. I know this is what I need to do.” If”
Jessica Abel, Growing Gills: How to Find Creative Focus When You’re Drowning in Your Daily Life

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